Rector’s message 3rd June 2022

This weekend we congratulate Her Majesty The Queen on her Platinum Jubilee. We say thank you for her service to this country, and  her other realms and territories. There’s a lot to be thankful for. The Queen has served for an unprecedented 70 years with dignity and diligence. This is not something that happens by accident. It’s because of her character and her commitment: her faithfulness to her calling – which is a calling under God.

As we give thanks for a Queen who has served her people in the way that Queen Elizabeth has, there is a continuing message here about the commitment to vocation and public service we look for in those who hold any public office,whether high or low. I hope this will never be something we allow to be written out of the story we tell ourselves about who the British are and what we offer to the world.

For these few days our focus is on Her Majesty the Queen and the wonderful achievement and blessing these 70 years represent. But after the parties could this  Jubilee year could be a time when we reflect upon our life as a national community?  Whilst giving thanks for the blessings of the past, also determining to renew those values of decency , compassion and inclusion embodied in Her Majesty, and build for the future a country which offers all its people the chance to flourish in life?

Canon David Hodgson

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